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Heart Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

  • What is Heart Valve Repair / Replacement Surgery?

    There are 4 valves in your heart which act like doors to control the blood flow between the different parts of the heart. Valve problems can occur due to congenital abnormalities (present at birth), or they can develop later in life as a result of infections and degeneration (wear and tear). The affected valves can be repaired or replaced through heart valve surgery.

    Valve repair consists of fixing the damaged valve without the use of artificial parts as much as possible. If all efforts to repair the abnormal valve fail, your surgeon will replace the valve during the same procedure.

    The valve can be replaced using artificial valves (made of plastic or metal), or bioprosthetic valves (made of biological material from animal tissue), or an allograft valve (human valve tissue).

    During heart valve surgery, a cut down the middle of the chest is made and the breastbone is separated. Your surgeon will assess whether this procedure or a less invasive key-hole surgery (which allows the valve repair and replacement to be done through small cuts), is more suitable for you.

  • Heart valve repair / replacement surgery is used to treat patients with valvular heart disease. Your doctor will study the condition of your heart valves, and the decide on the need for heart valve surgery based on your symptoms and test results. The repair of the aortic valve (the valve between the aorta and the left ventricle) is important if it is narrowed or leaking. Abnormal functioning of the aortic valve can lead to heart failure due to reduced blood supply to the heart muscle.

    If the heart valve repair surgery is successful, you will benefit from decreased risk of infection, reduced need of blood thinners, decreased risk of stroke, conserved strength of your heart muscle, and most importantly, increased chance of long-term survival. If damaged valves are not repaired, heart disease or even death may result.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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